Candice Arancibia is 3rd year teacher at HTHeCV and is a living her dream to be a High Tech High teacher. While student teaching at SDSU she did many hours of observation at High Tech Schools and always dreamed of working at High Tech. Candice comes to us with 10 years of teaching experience in the South Bay where she served a very diverse population. She has taught kindergarten, 1st grade, 6th grade, and 3rd grade. Candice gives the gift of literacy by teaching her students to read, write, speak, and listen to the world they interact with. She has developed numerous social justice projects that involve a combination of rigorous academic expectations, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and a labor of love. She empowers her students to believe that their voice and actions are important and that they can create change. Candice earned her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and Bilingual Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at San Diego State University. She is currently enrolled at SDSU for her Masters in Bilingual education with an emphasis in Social Justice and Critical Literacy. Candice is part of the National Writing Project and Amplifier foundation to support her love for learning, social justice and continuous growth as an educator. Much of her teaching and life philosophy was developed from her experience abroad. She studied Spanish and Cultural Literacy at the University of Havana, Cuba. Then traveled to Dominican Republic to teach social-emotional learning and build communal chicken coops . These experiences helped shape her deep sense of gratitude which push her to create change for equity.